The old parochial cinema
The old parochial cinema

The old parochial cinema

The old parochial cinema

Vestige of the golden age of cinema

Gaspésie (Quebec), Canada

In 1937, we are in the golden age of cinema and in these Gaspé lands, the pastor of this small coastal village is looking for a way to finance the modern church to which he dreams. Convincing parishioners to provide wood and time to build a small theater with 250 seats, it will open in 1938. It will be found in Nova Scotia (atlantic province of Canada) iron chairs to furnish the room.

This sober building recalls the structure of the hangars of the region. Renovated during the 50s, the room is then used extensively for film, Irish festivals, political rallies and as a local theater.

However, like many other theaters around the world, its decline will begin with the arrival of television. Rural depopulation and the aging of the population will come to end of the room which is no longer used except for very rare occasions. Nevertheless, a volunteer dedicated to its preservation manages to keep the site alive despite the lack of interest of the community.

Related content

The old provincial jail
Eastern Townships, Quebec (Canada)

Many mysteries surround this old abandoned building where prison traces are practically nonexistent today. In a city where people are more interested in historic buildings instead of ugly concrete and brick buildings, this old prison is located...

The old general store in St. Brigide of Iberville
Sainte-Brigide d'Iberville, Quebec (Canada)

Closed for twenty years, the old general store do not look like a ship adrift, ready to collapse under the weight of years. I mean, not that much for a wood structure. 

Known as the Peanut, the history of the store goes back over a hundred...

The Fonte da Pipa palace
Loulé, (Portugal)

Known for its carnival and market of great beauty, Loulé is a city of 70,000 inhabitants located in the south of Portugal, in the Algarve region.

It is built between 1878 and 1897 the small castle of Pipa palace which will never be...

The old abandoned cinema
Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

No, this movie theatre does not bear that name, but you will allow me this nod to Giuseppe Tornatore's film that chronicles the history of cinema from its beginnings to today. Since the place has not suffered the wrath of vandalism and because...